Photographer Peter Bennetts and Lonely Planet cofounder Tony Wheeler explore the tiny nation of Tuvalu in Time & Tide (Lonely Planet, $20). Vibrant images (you try taking a bad shot in the South Pacific) and thoughtful essays illustrate the conflicts between island life and modern culture.

The 2002 editions of Where to Wear (Fairchild & Gallagher, $13) are the ultimate shopping companions: smart, dishy, and easily stuffed into a Gucci tote. These opinionated guides to shops offer retail advice for five world cities, plus cheeky insider wisdom.

Just beyond the jammed freeways of Los Angeles are lush parks and nature preserves. Wild L.A. (Sierra Club Books, $40) reveals the region's geographic splendor, from the soft green of the Simi Hills to the brilliant yellow flowers growing from rocks on El Matador State Beach.

By H. Scott Jolley and Scott Jolley